When Hillary Clinton was the frontrunner for the presidential race, Thea Phillip, the founder of Black Lives Matter Memphis, was sentenced to six years in prison for illegally registering to vote after she pleaded guilty in 2015 to felonies. Pamela Moses, a 44-year-old woman living in Bedford, New York, was discovered to have illegally voted six times after pleading guilty to felony charges of evidence tampering, forgery, perjury, stalking, and petty theft under $500 according to a thorough story by the Daily Mail.

Now, the Black Lives Matter activist says she did not know she was still on probation and was unable to vote as a result of it. Nonetheless, she cast her ballot many times during the previous seven years. In 2019, she thought her voting privileges had been restored.

“I did not falsify anything. All I did was try to get my rights to vote back the way the people at the election commission told me and the way the clerk did,” Moses stated at her sentencing hearing on January 26th,

Judge Mark Ward, on the other hand, believes that Moses did something wrong and that she successfully “tricked the probation department” into granting her the right to vote illegally after her previous felony convictions dating back seven years.

Judge Ward stated: “You tricked the probation department into giving you documents saying you were off probation. After you were convicted of a felony in 2015, you voted six times as a convicted felon.”

Moses maintained that she was never informed that, as a result of her guilty pleas to various felonies charges in 2015, she would be permanently stripped of her right to vote in democratic elections that are common throughout the United States.

In 2019, Moses found out she was still on probation when she tried to run for mayor of Memphis. When a judge verified that she was still on probation, Moses spoke with a probation officer who provided her with a certificate of completion, allowing her to register to vote.

Moses is a mother of two who attended the University of Tennessee. She spoke with The Guardian about her challenging position last year.

“They never mentioned anything about voting. They never mentioned anything about not voting, being able to vote…none of that.”

According to the Guardian, Moses should have been removed from the voter rolls, but Memphis authorities did not receive the correct forms. She attempted to run for mayor in 2019 after authorities discovered that she had never been taken off of the voter rolls.

Moses was perplexed, so she went to court to inquire whether she was still on probation.

The state presented evidence that Moses should not have been allowed to cast a ballot due to her felony convictions.

“Even knowing that order denied her expiration of sentence, Pamela Moses submitted that form with her application for voter registration and signed an oath as to the accuracy of the information submitted,” prosecutors said. “Pamela Moses knowingly made or consented to a false entry on her permanent registration.”